Integrated Safety Management System

We are really pleased to introduce the first article by our latest Guest Author, renowned Safety Writer, Alan D. Quilley CRSP.  Alan is the author of “The Emperor Has No Hard Hat – Achieving REAL Safety Results”  and “Creating & Maintaining a Practical Based Safety Culture”. You will be able to read all of his articles HERE

He’s the president of Safety Results Ltd., a Sherwood Park, Alberta, OHS consulting company. You can see more of his work through his Safety Blog – http://safetyresults.wordpress.com .

Integrated Safety Management System

(Adapted from “Creating & Maintaining a Practical Based Safety Culture©”)

The Four Whats, the Four Hows and the Tools of Safety Management

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Some short extracts:

I’ve been experiencing health and safety management for over thirty years now. I’ve evolved my thinking as I continue to learn about what needs to be managed and how those critical safety factors need to be managed. I’ve developed this view of safety management from seeing tens of thousands of worksites and thousands of companies. Everywhere I’ve been and everywhere I will go in the future people are managing these factors in a variety of ways. Some companies will excel and see marvellously positive rewards for their safety efforts. Some will fail miserably and be extremely frustrated by safety. My model of safety management is called the Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS of short…rhymes with prisms); it comes from the observation of those many places where people work and play. I didn’t invent this management system; I observed it over many years until it finally made sense to me.

ISMS – Everything is Connected
The most interesting thing that I’ve observed is that there are four critical factors that need to be managed and are present in every workplace. There are four critical ways in which these factors need to be managed. The success your company has in safety is linked to the degree in which you managed those critical whats and hows of the ISMS…………………..

The Four Whats
I believe that for good communication of the issues that four main categories of “what to manage” are
alive and well in all organizations. They are:
• Company Culture
• Accountability
• Safe Environment
• Safe Behaviours…………….

The Four Hows
“How” we implement our safety activities is just as important as “what” we manage These “hows” are:
• Encourage
• Engage
• Evolve
• Evidence-based…………

The real power of these tools comes from the encouragement, engagement and evolution of letting your employees and contractors own the safe production of your products and services. The process of creating and tweaking the ISMS tools is where real safety starts to be empowered. So there you have it: the four whats, the four hows and the tools of ISMS. We’ll explore in detail the practical nature in which these factors work together in creating and maintaining a Practical Based Safety Culture©.

As I often told my University of Alberta and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology OH&S students when they asked me what chapters of their text books they should read…I simply told them, “Since you’ve already paid for the book, you should probably read…THE WHOLE THING!”

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Alan D. Quilley is the author of “The Emperor Has No Hard Hat – Achieving REAL Safety Results” and “Creating & Maintaining a Practical Based Safety Culture”. He’s the president of Safety Results Ltd., a Sherwood Park, Alberta, OHS consulting company. You can reach him at aquilley@ safetyresults.ca or through his Safety Blog – http://safetyresults.wordpress.com.

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